Congratulations to Doug & Cathy Ellison, recipients of ‘The Nationals’ MusicFest Hall of Fame Award!

Congratulations to Doug & Cathy Ellison, recipients of ‘The Nationals’ MusicFest Hall of Fame Award!

June 24, 2024

In its 52nd year, MusicFest Canada ‘The Nationals’ brings thousands of students and educators from across the country together, over a one-week period, to celebrate excellence in musical performance. With an average attendance of 7,000 young musicians, it is the largest educational music convention in Canada. This year, The Nationals were hosted at the University of Toronto, with over 7,300 participants, 163 schools and 283 performing ensembles. For over 30 years, Ellison Travel & Tours has been a proud partner and the designated accommodations and travel provider for Musicfest Canada.

The MusicFest Hall of Fame Award is awarded annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to music education, on a national level, in Canada. It is awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors and is reserved for those who have had a national influence. This year, the Award was presented to Doug and Cathy Ellison, who have been passionate, fundamental supporters of MusicFest Canada since 1987. For the past decade, they have sponsored and supported the Ellison Canadian Honour Choir, an extraordinary ensemble that has provided amazing experiences for hundreds of participants and thousands of audience members.

Congratulations to Ellison’s very own Doug and Cathy Ellison – who along with the Ellison Travel & Tours team, are honoured to be a part of this festival which continues to enrich the musical journey for young people across Canada.

Next year, The 53rd annual Nationals will take place at York University from May 12 – 17, 2025. For more information, please contact us or visit

The objectives of MusicFest Canada are:

  • To provide an opportunity for students and educators from across Canada and elsewhere to meet and to demonstrate and to share their musical achievements and creativity.
  • To evaluate and reflect on musical achievement and creativity in a constructive and educationally focused way.
  • To encourage the study and performance of music written and arranged by Canadian composers.
  • To complement and enhance the teaching, learning and growing process.
  • To foster and promote a lifelong interest in music as a basic human experience.